This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Mentha Viridis, Spearmint. Carminative and alterative. Spearmint is official, whereas peppermint is not, except in the oil and the spirit made from the oil. Spearmint tea is really of considerable service in the treatment of infantile colic and in the suppression of urine in children.